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Friday, January 31, 2003
more griping about the shrub

I suppose I should attempt to post some sort of response to the State of the Union Address. As I said in the comments of my last post, I wasn't able to see the beginning. I wish I had, mainly because I would have liked to ascertain Bushie's plans to restrict late term abortions for myself. [Note- Yes, it's late term, not "partial-birth." "Partial-birth abortion" is a phrase invented by the far right to invoke the image of killing an infant only days or minutes before it would have been born. This is not what a late term abortion is, and it has absolutely nothing to do with birth.]

I am worried about this because I can't imagine what the point of banning them would be aside from continuing to erode Roe vs. Wade. Only 1% of abortions are performed after the first 20 weeks, and happen very rarely within the last 3 months of a pregnancy. (See Abortion is Pro-Life.) Is he planning to outlaw them even when the mother's life is in danger? Or when the the child is certain to be a still-born, or die within days or weeks after its birth? The vast majority of late term abortions are performed for either of those reasons. Is Bush assuming that women are putting up with a pregnancy for six months that they intend to abort just for the hell of it?

As a hyper-sensitive person, I'd be lying if I said that the idea of late term abortions didn't upset me. But if it is medically necessary, if the baby would die shortly after birth (the above link has a good example of this situation), or if a woman had no choice but to wait because she didn't have access to a clinic, I think a late term abortion is absolutely justified.

And regarding Iraq. Ugh. Bush says they're not cooperating. I've read other reports that they are. Bush says they're still hiding weapons. The Iraqis say they're not. Frankly, I don't trust either of them, so I don't know who to believe. Even if they are hiding weapons, I don't think war is the answer.

I am disgusted by Bush and the majority of our elected officials. Was anyone else chilled to the bone when Bush received a standing ovation after announcing that thousands of terrorists were in prison and thousands more were just "no longer a problem" to us? I mean, I know that in some situations imprisonment wasn't an option... but BLECH. I was just repulsed.

Now that I've talked politics, and gotten it out of my system, I feel justified in distracting myself again with more petty topics, like my two new favorite photo projects on the web. One is the Insecurities Project, a site where people can submit the photos they take in airports to prove to security officials that their cameras are real. Makes for an interesting psychological study of sorts. (Link via Purephase.) You should also check out these haunting images that were produced with a camera made entirely of paper. Whoa, dude, it's like looking through a kaleidamascope...

Wednesday, January 29, 2003
she's buying a staircase to where?

My two favorite monkeys.


Clyde looks excited, doesn't he?

Anyway, y'all should surf on over to Fresh Tortilla, aka Greysweater 2.0. and check out Steph's new digs. Glad to see she's resurfaced- I had thought we'd lost her!

So do I make fun of Jesus Freaks too much? I don't mean to ridicule religion in general... if your faith in God just makes you spend an hour in church every week and makes you want to be a better person, more power to you. It's just the silly ones and the bigots who entertain me to no end.

Take, for example, the Ticket to Heaven. Right on the main page, the site says, "This Ticket is not meant to mock or replace the need or desire to practice a given religion or faith." Um. They didn't mean to mock it? What other purpose can a "Ticket to Heaven" with a printed "ADMIT ONE" emblazened over a graphic of a staircase leading up to the clouds (go check it out, I can't make this stuff up) serve? I'd love to get one, but don't want to give these nuts $15, and also don't want them to have my address. If you do choose to buy your way into God's good graces, be sure to read the disclaimer first.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003
I am going to at

I am going to at least attempt to watch the State of the Union address tonight. I'm sure that most of it will be spent screaming at the television the way most people scream during a football game, but what can you do? In addition to the expected topics of Iraq & the economy, Bushie is reportedly also going to push his "faith-based initiative," a blatant violation of the separation of church and state. Even worse is that part of this program involves

"asking Congress to direct drug treatment dollars to religious organizations. His plan would give addicts treatment vouchers that would allow them to seek help at any center, including those with religious approaches, two senior White House officials said.

The plan is sure to be controversial because many religious drug treatment programs do not employ medical approaches and do not use staff that have been licensed for this work. It would cost $200 million in the next fiscal year."

Great idea! Let's spend $200 mil on drug counseling that no one is sure will even work when the economy is in the crapper! You're a genius, Mr. President!

But perhaps I am judging his plans a bit hastily. After all, if God him/herself sanctions something, it must be OK! That's the argument used by this guy, anyway. Earl Carter, an African-American pastor who is apparently suffering from a severe mental disorder, argues that we as a nation should just shrug off the atrocities of slavery because God must have wanted it all to happen. Nope, it wasn't at all the fault of the people selling, abusing, and debasing other human beings. All those plantation owners were slaves themselves- to His will! If Carter, whose ancestors may have been slaves themselves, had his way, no reparations would be necessary; not even the 40 acres and a mule that were promised immediately after emancipation. The far right must LOVE this guy. Oy.

Sunday, January 26, 2003
geeks galore

So on Saturday night I had this dream that Mr. and Mrs. Keaton from Family Ties were hunting rabbits with huge rifles in my office. I was frightened and upset, not because I was afraid of being shot myself, but because they were actually killing all these poor little white bunnies. While they were there, Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, called my office (not impossible, since he was honored by the organization I work for) and hung up after I put him on hold for too long. So I had this awful, stressful dream about the Keatons, slaughtered rabbits, and Ahmet Ertegun. Anyone good at analyzing dreams?

So I've become quite a fan of MTV's new show, Made. Probably because the show is such a far cry from the rest of their garbage programming. They show real, totally dorky people who work their asses off to achieve reasonably long-term goals. (Yes, I think that working for six weeks on something counts as a long-term project when you're in high school. Absolutely.) None of them so far have been TV-pretty like they always are on MTV's dating shows and whatnot, and while these kids do get personal trainers, etc. to assist them, they do still have to do the work themselves. Even as a cynical college graduate, I find it inspiring that some gangly, un-coordinated 16-year old sophomore could get his act together in 6 weeks and make the Varsity basketball team after almost quitting his training. Most remarkable of all, however, was that about 4 weeks in, he realized he was no longer interested in making the team for the popularity factor. He just wanted to prove to himself that he could do it, wanted to get in shape, wanted to learn a new skill. I was floored. I never thought I'd say this, but MTV really impressed me this time.

Now all they have to do is remove the skank's videos from their regular rotation. Or at least her two most recent ones. I swear, I didn't think I could hate the girl more after the "Dirty" video. Then came the one for "Beautiful," in which she sings "You are beautiful/no matter what they say" while an intentionally anorexic-looking girl stands in front of a mirror, smiling at the appearance of her skeletal body, sunken cheeks, and thin hair. My bet is that at least 75% of the teeny-boppers who are keeping that piece of crap video on TRL every day are pro-anorexics using it as a trigger.

Saturday, January 25, 2003
something questionable

Please, sir, won't you sign my new guest map? (Or ma'am, I should add. We're all feminists here.) I think these things are awesome... kudos to Jodi for having lots of fun toys in addition to the map on her site. Dog lovers should proceed directly to her dog photo gallery. Aww!

Friday, January 24, 2003
going down?

What do you think? A sign from God?


Even though it's already over 100 years old, the Flatiron Building is still a pretty amazing sight.


I don't at all mean to say that older architecture isn't interesting or awe-inspiring anymore. Maybe I just mean that the design feels so fresh- like something that someone might do today that would still seem so amazing. In any event, I think it's become one of my favorite buildings in the city.

And now for the dorky anthropological news report... Paleontologists in China have uncovered the fossils of a dinosaur with four wings. While this little "microraptor" was probably more of a glider than a flyer, it may be kind of a "missing link" between birds and dinosaurs, to oversimplify it a bit.

Also, new research has led scientists to believe not only that hunting probably made up an insignificant part of the diets of early humans, but that the females of most species were likely responsible for obtaining most of the food for her offspring and mate. (Link from Veg Blog.) By providing most of the nourishment, it is also likely that it was the *females* who were largely responsible for the evolution of our species; not the meat provided by male hunters as scientists previously thought. This theory makes me happy on so many levels...

And speaking of Neanderthal-ian ideas, it seems that Bush had nominated Jerry Thacker, a homophobic fundie to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on HIV and AIDS. According to the article, Thacker has frequently characterised AIDS as a "Gay Plague" and homosexuality as a "sin," and his game plan to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS consists largely of abstinence-only sex ed. Thankfully, today Thacker declined the position.

And one more Bush-related PSA for the day: According to the Guardian, Bushie is planning to go to war with Iraq within WEEKS. Unprovoked. We haven't found any functional weapons there. They've fully cooperated with the inspectors. This really is just about avenging his daddy, isn't it? That, and the price of oil. (Link via Soap Box Girls, my new favorite site.)

Now I must go and pack my bags. I'll write when I'm settled in my new place in Canada.

Thursday, January 23, 2003
Well, Bryan should be happy.

Well, Bryan should be happy. As it turns out, I am actually:

Click above to find out what "Alternative Hollywood Starlette" you are....

Wanna be my friend and go vote for me on I was all the way up to #2 yesterday, but I've slipped since then. :( And hey, I deserve to be that high. After all, this site, apparently, is the home of loads of random crap and even weblog sex jpg's, for which I am proud to say that I come up *first* on Google. Hooo-rah.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003
awww, they made up


Just had to share this outburst of fun with photoshop and Moby from Ha! I especially love that eminem's head was photoshopped onto the woman's body rather than the guy's.

Also. Um. I need a copy of Steer Madness. I don't really understand what the game is about... but playing from the point of view of a steer that escaped from a slaughterhouse and is loose on the town sounds fabulous. Especially when imagined mildly drunk. (Link from Veg Blog.)

But on a more serious note, today is the 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Commemorate it by doing a little reading on exactly what the Bush camp is doing to erode it. Anyone lucky enough to have a premium subscription to should go here and tell the rest of us paupers what the rest of the article says. Even if you don't subscribe to Salon, the piece of the article you can read for free is worth the visit, in my opinion. I'm afraid for this country now that both the House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans.

Monday, January 20, 2003
the black people will rob you!

No, I'm not considering membership in the KKK. (Obviously.) The above quote was spouted by an MTA booth attendant during a brief discussion about the proposed booth closings last night. It was mildly shocking to say the least... pleasant conversation about the possible dangers of having the Brooklyn-bound side booth closed at night & BAM, blatant racism! Eek.

So would anyone who has seen Breaking the Waves care to defend the film to me? I didn't really care for it, fine acting aside, and am glad I saw Dancer in the Dark first. The two are SO FRIGGIN SIMILAR (good girl, mildly messed up in the head, industrial setting, gives it all for man/boy in her life even though she probably didn't need to) that I think I would have appreciated it less, though i think it's the better film. I dunno, I just think Von Trier would do well to examine some different types of characters.

Also, did you ever wonder why good, God-Fearing folk stick fishies on their cars? This site alleges that they come from some rather interesting sources. I'm not sure how true any of it is, but it does seem to make sense. Anyway, it does make for an entertaining read, and is guaranteed to make you laugh anytime you see someone with a fish emblem when you imagine that those people might *really* have stuck to their bumpers.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003
hot lava!


Pop Quiz! Is the above photo:

a) the cutest boy in Park Slope

b) the owner of the biggest fro in Park Slope

c) the only other person who showed at my feminist meetup on Monday

d) all of the above

If you guessed 'd) all of the above,' you win a prize! C'mon ladies, more of you need to start signing up (and actually showing up as well)! If we could get 3 whole people to show up just once I would be satisfied...

So apparently the marijuana capital of the world is no longer Washington Square Park... it has since been relocated to Soap Lake, Washington, where the town is planning to build a giant lava lamp in the center of town.


Picturesque, isn't it?

And speaking of ridiculous ideas, it seems that Georgia has only just now repealed its ancient law against premarital sex. (Both links via Metafilter.) Now, I know that lots of states have silly, invasive, or just plain impossible to enforce laws on the books, but apparently this one was actually enforced, at least from time to time. The young man in question was forced to pay a fine and write an essay about the "wrongfulness" of his actions. As if there weren't already enough wrong with this situation, the article didn't mention any penalties for his girlfriend, which raises a few feminist issues in my book. I wonder how many fundies were outside the courthouse protesting when THAT decision came down...

Friday, January 10, 2003
god, protect us from your followers

Did you know that Christians own the Internet? Mhmm, well they do, at least according to OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries. Some of the stuff on this site, like this for example, almost makes me think the site is a joke. But they also are on a mission (probably NOT from God) to shut down the Landover Baptist site, which is one of the funniest parody sites ever. Personally I can't imagine what would upset any Christian about this site. I guess some people are just hyper-sensitive, right? :)

There is also the Operation: OBJECTIVE: Landover Baptist Shutdown that has gotten itself involved in this, which OBJECTIVE claims is run by the Landover people. Since they still have a link to a somewhat more sensible Christian site, I somehow doubt that. My guess is that the OBJECTIVE people are so utterly out of touch that they aren't aware that the majority of Christians don't agree with them.

OBJECTIVE claims that its unfair that Landover comes up so high on Google when you search for "Baptist," and that it deceives and steals people from them. But it does say directly below the link that the site is a *parody* and frankly, if would-be Fundies are stolen away from them by a couple of jokes, it's because of the flaws in their agenda, not the existence of Landover. I just think it's time everyone got a grip and remembered a certain thing called FREE SPEECH that we're supposed to have in this country.

Sunday, January 05, 2003
it's best that way

So check out this awesome beer me and Bryan found in the grocery store today:


Holy Grail Ale! Tempered over burning witches since, well, the bottle didn't say, but it wasn't bad.

Anyway, I went with Bryan and Jeremy to go see the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players last night where we randomly ran into Janine as well. Fun times. If you live in the NYC vicinity and still have not seen these guys, I highly recommend checking them out at Galapagos sometime, where they will have shows all this month.


Go visit their site immediately, and scroll all the way down until you see the Quaker Oats Container (yeah, it's a weird site). Clicking on it will lead you to a sample of their song "Mountain trip to Japan 1959," one of my personal favorites.

Speaking of not-to-be-missed media spectaculars, 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of Women Make Movies and to celebrate the BMA is hosting a mini film festival. For info, see the museum's site. So who wants to be my date?


The latest issues of Bust and Bitch
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A series of shorts at the NYIIFVF

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